W.F. “Jim” Myers
(1917 – 2002)
Willis F. “Jim” Myers was a long-time executive with the performing rights organization SESAC and a founding member of the Gospel Music Association.
Jim Myer circa 1969
Willis “Jim” Myers was a music executive with the music rights company Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC) from 1947 until his retirement in 1991, a career spanning 44 years. One of his roles during his time at SESAC was Vice President in charge of international relations.
Myers was one of the founding fathers of the Gospel Music Association when it formed in 1963 and served on the GMA board as a permanent member for many years, including three stints as GMA President. In those earlier days of GMA’s formation, Myers encouraged the SESAC organization to be supportive of gospel and Christian music, resulting in SESAC taking the lead among the performing rights organizations in supporting gospel music. Myers and fellow SESAC executive Norman Odlum labored for years supporting the GMA through their presence and leadership, including encouraging the then family-owned organization to help via songwriter signings and financial assistance.